12 April 2018, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan
The role of sub-Saharan Africa in world trade has become increasingly more prominent. The rhetoric of the continent torn apart by violence and poverty is giving way to the new rhetoric of a dynamic, opportunity-rich region, which is not exempt from contradictions.
The International Monetary Fund estimates that sub-Saharan GDP will grow by 3.3% in 2018 and by 3.5% in 2019. Such statement does not mean ignoring the unresolved social inequality, or the persistence of poverty-stricken areas, or the lasting political tensions affecting several African countries. The lack of access to energy in many regions, the inadequacy of interconnection networks, serious deficiencies in education systems, as well as the new challenges arising from the ongoing climate change, all this begs for a shift in the model of cooperation that has been adopted so far. Such shift can only take place with the support of an adequate system of guarantees for investors. We must attentively reflect on the future of Italy-Europe-Africa relations, and the path of equal cooperation seems the necessary track to follow.
Conference promoted by the Italian Center for Peace in the Middle East (CIPMO) in collaboration with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and with the Institute of Global Studies (IGF); with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Analysis, Programming Statistical and Historic Documentation Unit, of the European Commission’s Regional Office in Milan, and of Fondazione AEM. With the patronage of the Municipality of Milan. Special thanks to Centro Piemontese di Studi Africani (CSA, Centre for African Studies).
Sabina Ratti, Director of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM); Ugo Boni, Official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Analysis, Programming Statistical and Historic Documentation Unit; Janiki Cingoli, President of the Italian Center for Peace in the Middle East (CIPMO); Massimo Gaudina, Head of the European Commission’s Regional Office in Milan; Alberto Martinelli, President of Fondazione AEM; Nicola Pedde, Director of the Institute of Global Studies (IGS); Giovanni Carbone, Professor of Political Science at the University of Milan; Manfred Hafner, Coordinator of the Energy Scenarios and Policies programme at FEEM and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Bologna and at Sciences Po (Paris); Stefano Mantellassi, Vice President of Energy Solutions – Head of Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa at Eni; Paulina Tangoba Abayage, Ambassador of Ghana to Italy; Salvatore D’Alfonso, Head of “Innovative Projects” at Rete Ferroviaria Italiana; Luca Puddu, Director of the Africa Programme at Institute of Global Studies (IGS); Pier Luigi D’Agata, Director General of Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo; Massimo Zaurrini, Director of the magazine Africa e Affari; Livio Mignano, Head of Domestic Network at SACE; Raul Caruso, Professor at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and member of CIPMO Scientific Committee.